Science classes could study the effects of formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and sulfur dioxide on the human body.
Ethics or social studies classes could discuss the way that low-income communities are disproportionately affected by fossil fuel-related health problems.
Other resources on this topic include this video on the health risks associated with fracking, this SubjectToClimate lesson on Cancer Alley in Louisiana, and this article on the fossil fuel-related health issues that disproportionately affect low-income areas.
This video spotlights the impact of climate change on human health, it shows how low-income populations are disproportionately impacted by climate change. It finally raises awareness about transitioning to clean energy globally to protect human health while combating climate change. This is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
HS-LS3-2 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.